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The Spinal Muscles: An Extensive Guide

The spinal muscles and ligaments work in conjunction to help support the spine, maintain an upright posture, and control movements during activity and rest. The muscles are named based on shape, location, or a combination. Further categorization factors include muscle functions like flexion, extension, or rotation. Skeletal muscle is a form of striated muscle tissue that is voluntarily controlled by the somatic nervous system. Striated means it is striped in appearance. Most skeletal muscles are attached to bones by collagen fibers known as tendons.Vertebral Muscle TypesLocationForward flexorsAnteriorLateral flexorsLateralRotatorsLateralExtensorsPosterior It has the fastest contraction rate of all muscles. Before muscle/s contract, a nerve impulse starts in the brain and runs through the spinal cord to the muscle. For the muscles to contract and work properly they need energy/fuel. Mitochondria produce Adenosine triphosphate chemical cells that are needed for energy. Adenosine triphosp…

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Chiropractic Physicians and What They Do

Alexander Jimenez grew up knowing he was going to be a chiropractic physician. As a child, Dr. Jimenez's grandfather experienced pain symptoms and would ask little Alex to massage the painful areas. His grandfather found relief and Dr. Jimenez began to think about how he could help others experiencing pain. It was through this care that Dr. Jimenz realized being a health care chiropractic practitioner was the best way to help people. Like his grandfather, many others have experienced profound results thanks to chiropractic treatment. Dr. Jimenez knew that he wanted to be able to treat patients naturally. He would learn and develop the skills required to practice as a chiropractic physician. He enrolled in a university chiropractic program, graduated, has put in almost 30 years of work, and the rest is history. What to know about chiropractic physicians.A Chiropractic PhysicianA Doctor of Chiropractic also known as a D.C. is far more than a back doctor. Chiropractors study the same …

Finding the Right Spinal Surgeon Asking the Right Questions

Finding the right surgeon specializing in an individual's specific spinal conditions and physical health means doing some research. There are several types of procedures for spinal problems. The type of surgery depends on the condition and an individual's medical history. If surgery is recommended for a lumbar herniated disc or LHD combined with sciatica here are a few things to think about. Researching a spine surgeonFirst and foremost look for surgeons with:Medical credentials like are they board-certified or board-eligibleCompleted a fellowship in spine surgeryDevotes at least 50% of their practice to spinal conditionsSpecializes in treating herniated disc/s and sciatica. This means they will have added/specialized knowledge and expertise.It is extremely important that an individual feels comfortable and feels they are able to communicate freely with the surgeon. A professionally qualified surgeon should:Spend adequate time with the individualAnswer all questionsProvide all …

Hip Issues Could Be Source of Lower Back Pain

Back discomfort and pain could be caused by hip issues and could be resolved with hip replacement. According to a recent study, a total hip replacement solved back pain in four out of five individuals dealing with spinal discomfort and pain. When the hip/s are stiff or cannot move normally, this places added pressure on the spine. Studies show that low back pain was resolved in 82% of individuals after a total hip replacement known as total hip arthroplasty or THA. The body is designed as a fluid chain with fluid motion connecting the neck all the way down to the toes.When a region like the hip tightens/stiffens, it generates added stress/pressure on the other areas of the body, which in this case happens to be the lower spine. Individuals with mild arthritis of the spine are able to experience increased pain reduction than individuals with severe arthritis. An insight into the relationship between the hips and low back that can lead to accurate diagnoses and optimal treatment plans. H…

Sacrum and Coccyx Vertebrae Possible Cause of Low Back Pain

The sacrum and coccyx are part of the vertebral spinal column and could contribute to low back pain. They are not like the other bones in the spinal column. The sacrum, also known as the sacral vertebra, sacral spine, and S1 is a large, flat triangular-shaped bone that is between the hip bones and below the last lumbar vertebra known as L5. The coccyx, known as the tailbone, is positioned below the sacrum.The sacrum and coccyx are made up of smaller bones that fuse and grow into a solid bone mass by the age of 30. The sacrum is composed of 5 fused vertebrae known as S1-S5 and 3 to 5 smaller bones that fuse creating the coccyx. Both are weight-bearing bones and are integral to walking, standing, and sitting functions. Sacrum and the Lumbosacral SpineThe sacrum forms the back of the pelvis. Along with the coccyx and the two sacroiliac joints make up the pelvic girdle. S1 is at the top of the sacrum and connects to the last lumbar vertebrae L5. Together they create the lumbosacral spine. …

Acute, Chronic Back Pain and Nutritional Relief

Nutritional relief for acute and chronic back pain can be achieved by eating specific fruits and vegetables. Individuals dealing with acute and chronic back pain have recently been asking if their diets can be modified to reduce back pain. Absolutely, eating healthier will lead to weight loss and will help reduce back pain symptoms.The big surprise was a nutritionist that did not know about this recommendation to help ease back pain symptoms. Life seems to throw a lot of curveballs especially in the midst of pain. Stress eating and just eating great tasting food is one method/technique of dealing with the pain, as it makes you feel good and forget the pain for a little while. However, the problem is still present and becomes worse with the added weight. Not to mention the consequences of eating too much unhealthy food, like diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. Eating junk food and suffering in silence can become a way of life.Pain Relief With Healthy FoodMost individuals will experience…

Medication For Sciatica and Natural Chiropractic Medicine

The use of prescription medication for sciatica is being discouraged while natural treatments/therapies are becoming the new standard. This is currently happening in the United Kingdom and its National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. The focus is to reduce the use of medication for sciatica and aim for natural treatments unless absolutely necessary. This is to help reduce the opioid epidemic, along with reducing the use of medications and their negative side effects that cause other conditions and illnesses. The National Institute for Health Care Excellence has updated its guidelines with specific language that discourages the use of multiple classes of drugs for various ailments/conditions like sciatica. The United States has already set up similar guidelines limiting the use of prescription medications for sciatica until after a regimen of non-pharmacological treatment/therapies like physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, etc. If no improvement is seen in fou…

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